We educate leaders in the information professions. Through research, teaching and service, we contribute to knowledge, solve problems and prepare individuals to thrive in diverse information environments, with an emphasis on Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific region.


Our ʻohana will be compassionate leaders in a world where information connects, supports and respects diverse populations.


Our values guide our activities, priorities and interactions, and reflect those of the State of Hawaiʻi and University of Hawaiʻi. We honor and strive to adopt Native Hawaiian values embedded in the concepts of aloha, ʻohana and kuleana.

  • Aloha (fostering connections of regard and caring): Aloha is how we live. Aloha is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. Some of the ways we act on this value are by creating a cooperative, supportive environment with individual advising, and emphasizing group work and professional service.
  • ʻOhana (family and chosen family): ʻOhana is who we are. We are a diverse community dedicated to connecting people with information, and we respect the right of all views to be represented. We encourage diversity in our curriculum though elective and special topics courses, degree specializations, dual and concurrent degree programs, and coursework outside LIS to support individualized programs of study. We are active members of a range of research, professional and local communities, and we are responsive to their needs. We undertake research projects and coursework that engage the local community, and we stay connected with our ʻohana through outreach, internships and practicums, alumni and professional organizations and regular communications.
  • Kuleana (responsibility and accountability): Kuleana is what we do. We embrace our responsibility to educate the next generation of compassionate leaders in the information professions, who will preserve and perpetuate access to diverse cultural materials and ideas, and who will inspire others to take action in their own lives to embrace libraries, library services and lifelong learning. Resources are precious, and we are responsible to make sure ours are directed to where they can do the most good. We offer a continuously evolving curriculum, implement the results of assessment into the program, encourage advocacy and outreach, conduct and publish research, and hold our students and ourselves to the highest professional standards.

Program Goals

  1. Provide a curriculum that meets the evolving demands of the job market for librarians and other information professionals
  2. Serve the needs of a diverse student population
  3. Provide a quality learning and research environment for students and faculty
  4. Advance faculty excellence in teaching, research and service
  5. Strengthen the emphasis on Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific region in teaching, research, and service
Adopted December 2014, unanimously reaffirmed and updated by LIS faculty each year
For more details, see our Strategic Plan.